Big Cat Diary

Big Cat Diary

1996 - 2009, Nature / Wildlife, Other
Following the lives of three cat families in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.
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Episode Guide

  • Big Cat Diary - Face Off (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Face Off

    A female leopard moves her cubs to cover, but there is an uninvited guest; one of the lionesses loses a cub; a cheetah tries to protect her cubs from a lion.

  • Big Cat Diary - Return of the Mara (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Return of the Mara

    Honey the cheetah's cubs are learning hunting skills fast; the Marsh lion cubs take a big step; a huge male leopard appears unexpectedly in Shadow's home area.

  • Big Cat Diary - Family Drama (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Family Drama

    It's time for Sofi the leopard cub to leave her mother and make her own way in the world; a missing lion cub.

  • Big Cat Diary - Wild Neighborhood (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Wild Neighborhood

    Lions of a marsh pride battle heavy opponents; hyenas; rare African cats.

  • Big Cat Diary - From Dawn Till Dusk (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    From Dawn Till Dusk

    Shadow encounters a tough opponent; desert heat; Kimbia and Cheetah capitalize on an opportunity.

  • Big Cat Diary - Challenge on the Marsh (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Challenge on the Marsh

    Solo the lion cub pushes his luck at dinner with a large male; Safi the leopard cub is found, but her mother is still missing.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Aftermath (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The Aftermath

    Shadow and her cub are missing for a week after a confrontation with a male leopard; an aggressive baboon goes hunting.

  • Big Cat Diary - Hyena Standoff (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Hyena Standoff

    Two male lions move into the territory and assert their power; wildebeest on the move; Shadow defends her leopard cub.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Search for Solo (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Search for Solo

    Rain provides some heat relief for the animals, but causes problems for the camera crew; mother-daughter playtime for leopards.

  • Big Cat Diary - Battle of the Titans (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Battle of the Titans

    Evidence of a fierce battle indicates something has gone terribly wrong for Solo the lion cub and his mother; jackal threatens cheetah.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Ambush (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Ambush

    Masai Mara region in Kenya; lion's loyalty; cheetah's endurance; leopard.

  • Big Cat Diary - Return to the Mara (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Return to the Mara

    Shadow the leopard, Amber the cheetah and a pride of lions are followed through Kenya's Masai Mara.

  • Big Cat Diary - Half-Tail's Story (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Half-Tail's Story

    Learning of Half-Tail's death, Jonathan returns to Africa to investigate.

  • Big Cat Diary - Half-Tail, the Curious Cat (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Half-Tail, the Curious Cat

    Learning of Half-Tail's death, Jonathan returns to Africa to investigate.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Marsh Sisters Hunt (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    The Marsh Sisters Hunt

    Amber's cubs use unorthodox hunting techniques; Shadow is restless; Half-Tail's cubs remain playful; the marsh pride faces uncertainty; wildebeest crossing south to Tanzania face crocodiles; anthology review.

  • Big Cat Diary - Stealing From Baboons (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Stealing From Baboons

    A buffalo herd kills a cub; the lioness eats her dead cub; Amber's cubs display inexperience; a baboon troop catches a gazelle, which the cheetahs try to steal; wildebeests mob Shadow.

  • Big Cat Diary - Buffalo Confrontation (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Buffalo Confrontation

    The cheetahs grow hungry; gazelles and warthogs thwart Shadow; the pride has an unsuccessful hunt; the marsh cubs encounter a buffalo herd.

  • Big Cat Diary - Benefits of Rain for the Big Cats (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Benefits of Rain for the Big Cats

    Amber's family chases gazelles; a lioness is injured; the social relationship of the marsh pride; Shadow makes a double kill.

  • Big Cat Diary - Learning to Hunt (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Learning to Hunt

    Amber's cubs spy a gazelle family; the marsh pride encounters a buffalo herd; Shadow patrols her territory; Half-Tail watches dueling impalas.

  • Big Cat Diary - Overly-Ambitious Cheetah Cubs (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Overly-Ambitious Cheetah Cubs

    The marsh pride stalks a zebra foal; Shadow stalks a wildebeest; the cheetahs attempt ambitious kills; an elephant herd threatens the cubs.

  • Big Cat Diary - Half-Tail's New Cubs (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Half-Tail's New Cubs

    Serval family; the marsh pride encounters vultures; Half-Tail's cubs are timid; a new pride encounters a buffalo herd; Amber and her cubs find a wildebeest calf.

  • Big Cat Diary - Wildebeest Move Into the Marsh (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Wildebeest Move Into the Marsh

    Half-Tail has become a mother again; a Marsh pride male plays with his cubs; wildebeest and zebras cross the crocodile-infested Mara River.

  • Big Cat Diary - Looking for Half-Tail (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Looking for Half-Tail

    Half-Tail is found; the cheetah cubs strive for independence; the marsh pride reaches a milestone.

  • Big Cat Diary - Meeting the Big Cats (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Meeting the Big Cats

    Amber's cheetah cubs learn to fend for themselves; leopards Half-Tail and Shadow remain elusive.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Elusive Prey (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Elusive Prey

    The heavy rains disperse the prey on the Masai Mara; hungry lionesses and their cubs face uncertainty.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Big Pride: Night Vigil (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Big Pride: Night Vigil

    Simon and Jonathan study the cats' habits; Half-Tail and her cubs become more mobile; the lion pride reappears.

  • Big Cat Diary - Cranes and Cats of the Mara River (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Cranes and Cats of the Mara River

    Fundi and her cubs return; cranes identify the cats' whereabouts; Half-Tail protects her cub.

  • Big Cat Diary - Kidogo's Cubs: Family Ties (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Kidogo's Cubs: Family Ties

    Kidogo, the cheetah, and her cubs groom themselves; Kidogo hunts while the cubs play; how Half-Tail, the leopard, lost her tail.

  • Big Cat Diary - Tracking the Marsh Pride (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Tracking the Marsh Pride

    Torrential storms turn the short grass plains into a quagmire, and the Big Cat Diary team can only hope that the rains will stop so that they can continue their vigil after sundown.

  • Big Cat Diary - Masai Mara: The Great Migration (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Masai Mara: The Great Migration

    Filmmakers follow a pride of lions, a cheetah with her cub, and a leopard family in Kenya's Masai Mara.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Hunt Begins (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    The Hunt Begins

    Filmmakers follow a pride of lions, a cheetah with her cub, and a leopard family in Kenya's Masai Mara.

  • Big Cat Diary - Tamu's Tale (Episode 121)
    Episode 121:

    Tamu's Tale

    Tamu's fling with the leader of the Marsh Pride, Notch, has given her four cubs, but without him around, a rogue male lion attacks.

  • Big Cat Diary - Bella's Twins (Episode 120)
    Episode 120:

    Bella's Twins

  • Big Cat Diary - Bella's Bullied (Episode 119)
    Episode 119:

    Bella's Bullied

  • Big Cat Diary - Toto in Danger (Episode 118)
    Episode 118:

    Toto in Danger

  • Big Cat Diary - Top Notch (Episode 117)
    Episode 117:

    Top Notch

    Alpha-male lion Notch must defend his home and cubs from two invading males.

  • Big Cat Diary - Little Toto (Episode 116)
    Episode 116:

    Little Toto

    Cheetah cub Toto gets separated from its mother.

  • Big Cat Diary - Magnificent Moms (Episode 114)
    Episode 114:

    Magnificent Moms

  • Big Cat Diary - Reunion (Episode 113)
    Episode 113:

    Reunion

  • Big Cat Diary - Tamu's Tragedy (Episode 113)
    Episode 113:

    Tamu's Tragedy

  • Big Cat Diary - Bibi's Lost Babies (Episode 112)
    Episode 112:

    Bibi's Lost Babies

    Two lion cubs fight the odds to survive in the open grassland after being separated from their mother.

  • Big Cat Diary - Kike's Cubs (Episode 111)
    Episode 111:

    Kike's Cubs

    Saba Douglas-Hamilton teams up with Bella the leopard; Jonathan Scott follows the adventures of Kike, a mother cheetah, and her three cubs.

  • Big Cat Diary - On the Hunt (Episode 110)
    Episode 110:

    On the Hunt

  • Big Cat Diary - Buffalo Standoff (Episode 109)
    Episode 109:

    Buffalo Standoff

  • Big Cat Diary - They Are Cheetahs (Episode 108)
    Episode 108:

    They Are Cheetahs

  • Big Cat Diary - Friends and Foes (Episode 107)
    Episode 107:

    Friends and Foes

  • Big Cat Diary - Mom to the Rescue (Episode 106)
    Episode 106:

    Mom to the Rescue

  • Big Cat Diary - King of Beasts (Episode 105)
    Episode 105:

    King of Beasts

  • Big Cat Diary - Cheetah Central (Episode 104)
    Episode 104:

    Cheetah Central

  • Big Cat Diary - Big Cat Triplets (Episode 103)
    Episode 103:

    Big Cat Triplets

  • Big Cat Diary - Big Cat Diary (Episode 102)
    Episode 102:

    Big Cat Diary

    Bella is still trying to hunt and has the perfect opportunity with the arrival of the wildebeest migration.

  • Big Cat Diary - Big Cat Diary (Episode 101)
    Episode 101:

    Big Cat Diary

    Tamu searches for her missing cubs; Bella the leopard is keeping Saba and the team guessing; Honey gives her cubs lessons.

  • Big Cat Diary - Big Cat Diary (Episode 100)
    Episode 100:

    Big Cat Diary

    Tamu searches for her four cubs after the attack by the male lion; the wildebeest migration arrives.

  • Big Cat Diary - Cub's in Peril (Episode 99)
    Episode 99:

    Cub's in Peril

    One of Honey's cubs is missing; Bella is attracting all the male leopards in the area; Tamu still struggles.

  • Big Cat Diary - Big Cat Diary (Episode 98)
    Episode 98:

    Big Cat Diary

    A cheetah and her cubs struggle to eat after hyenas steal their latest kill; the lion cubs roughhouse.

  • Big Cat Diary - Tamu's Story (Episode 97)
    Episode 97:

    Tamu's Story

    A mother lioness who has been cast out from her pride must raise her cubs alone.

  • Big Cat Diary - Super Moms (Episode 96)
    Episode 96:

    Super Moms

  • Big Cat Diary - Honey's Hard Lessons (Episode 94)
    Episode 94:

    Honey's Hard Lessons

  • Big Cat Diary - Tamu's Tale Begins (Episode 93)
    Episode 93:

    Tamu's Tale Begins

    For single moms, like Tamu the lion and Honey the cheetah, life is a constant battle.

  • Big Cat Diary - Big Cat Diary (Episode 92)
    Episode 92:

    Big Cat Diary

    For 24 hours now, baby Toto has been missing.

  • Big Cat Diary - Big Cat Diary (Episode 91)
    Episode 91:

    Big Cat Diary

    The lionesses need a successful hunt to feed their hungry cubs; Bella needs to hang on to her kill; Toto and his mother face a tropical storm.

  • Big Cat Diary - Bella's Ambush (Episode 90)
    Episode 90:

    Bella's Ambush

    Simon finds out if Notch survived a takeover bid; Chui hunts a giraffe; a troop of baboons move in on Toto.

  • Big Cat Diary - Notch's Pride (Episode 89)
    Episode 89:

    Notch's Pride

    Notch looks vulnerable to a takeover; Bella's son Chui won't leave home; Toto, a baby cheetah.

  • Big Cat Diary - Where's Toto? (Episode 88)
    Episode 88:

    Where's Toto?

    Baby cheetah Toto; Bella the leopard involved in an ambush; a lion cub falls into a water hole.

  • Big Cat Diary - Bella (Episode 87)
    Episode 87:

    Bella

  • Big Cat Diary - The Big Story (Episode 85)
    Episode 85:

    The Big Story

    The lives of the Masai Mara big cats.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Ridge Pride (Episode 76)
    Episode 76:

    The Ridge Pride

    The Ridge Pride lions come together; Kike the cheetah's cubs prepare to go out on their own in a few months; Bella the leopard's cub gets a good start.

  • Big Cat Diary - Karma Bites Back (Episode 75)
    Episode 75:

    Karma Bites Back

    Bella the leopard's cub is still clumsy at climbing; Kike the cheetah's cubs head over the Talek River in search of prey.

  • Big Cat Diary - Treed by Lions (Episode 74)
    Episode 74:

    Treed by Lions

    Kike, the cheetah, and her cubs struggle to eat after hyenas steal their kill; Sala and Cheza, the lion cubs, play fight while the rest of their pride goes into a real battle.

  • Big Cat Diary - Search for Sala (Episode 71)
    Episode 71:

    Search for Sala

    The Ridge Pride of lions; a cheetah and her cubs master teamwork; Bella the leopard teaches her two cubs.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Marsh Pride Lions (Episode 70)
    Episode 70:

    The Marsh Pride Lions

    Marsh Pride suffers a major loss, displacing Bibi and her cubs.

  • Big Cat Diary - Lost Cubs and Butterflies (Episode 69)
    Episode 69:

    Lost Cubs and Butterflies

    Bibi's cubs make themselves vulnerable; Bella rests with her cubs after feasting on wildebeests.

  • Big Cat Diary - Elephants and Gazelles (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:

    Elephants and Gazelles

    Twenty-nine lions take on a six-ton bull elephant; a cheetah and her cubs go on a thrilling gazelle chase.

  • Big Cat Diary - Lion Cubs (Episode 67)
    Episode 67:

    Lion Cubs

    Bibi comes out of hiding; pregnant cheetah; Bella tries to ambush some wildebeest.

  • Big Cat Diary - Bella's Cubs (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    Bella's Cubs

    Bibi's cubs are in danger when invaders drive Simba out of the Marsh pride.

  • Big Cat Diary - Trouble for Simba (Episode 65)
    Episode 65:

    Trouble for Simba

    Simba loses his backup; Bibi becomes a mother.

  • Big Cat Diary - Update (Episode 64)
    Episode 64:

    Update

  • Big Cat Diary - Family Histories: Bella and Her Cubs (Episode 63)
    Episode 63:

    Family Histories: Bella and Her Cubs

  • Big Cat Diary - Family Histories: Leopard (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    Family Histories: Leopard

    Six weeks in the life of Half-Tail the leopard and her cub.

  • Big Cat Diary - Family Histories: Cheetah (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    Family Histories: Cheetah

    Over six weeks we follow the fortunes of two adult female cheetahs, Kidogo and Fundi.

  • Big Cat Diary - Half Tail's Cubs (Episode 51)
    Episode 51:

    Half Tail's Cubs

    Simon finds a cheetah family and half-tail's cubs could be in danger.

  • Big Cat Diary - Killer Instinct (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    Killer Instinct

    The cats show their true predatory instincts.

  • Big Cat Diary - Buffalo Attack (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    Buffalo Attack

    Mother cats protect their cubs from buffalo, fires and aggressive males.

  • Big Cat Diary - Battle for Survival (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Battle for Survival

    A marsh lioness must defend her cubs from an intrusive male; Honey demonstrates her cheetah speed and agility.

  • Big Cat Diary - Danger on the Mara (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    Danger on the Mara

    Shadow's choice of a new home could prove disastrous.

  • Big Cat Diary - Return to the Mara; The Ambush (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Return to the Mara; The Ambush

    Simon King and Jonathan Scott return to Kenya's Masai Mara; lion's loyalty.

  • Big Cat Diary - Stealing From Baboons; The Marsh Sisters Hunt (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    Stealing From Baboons; The Marsh Sisters Hunt

    A baboon troop catches a gazelle, which the cheetahs try to steal; Amber's cubs use unorthodox hunting techniques.

  • Big Cat Diary - Benefits of Rain for the Big Cats; Buffalo Confrontation (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    Benefits of Rain for the Big Cats; Buffalo Confrontation

    Amber's family chases gazelles; the marsh cubs encounter a buffalo herd.

  • Big Cat Diary - Overly-Ambitious Cheetah Cubs; Learning to Hunt (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    Overly-Ambitious Cheetah Cubs; Learning to Hunt

    The marsh pride stalks a zebra foal; Shadow stalks a wildebeest; the cheetahs attempt ambitious kills; an elephant herd threatens the cubs; Amber's cubs spy a gazelle family.

  • Big Cat Diary - Wildebeest Move Into the Marsh; Half Tail's New Cubs (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    Wildebeest Move Into the Marsh; Half Tail's New Cubs

    Shadow stalks a hare; the marsh pride feasts on a wildebeest; Amber and her cubs kill an impala; Half Tail's cubs are timid.

  • Big Cat Diary - Meeting the Big Cats; Looking for Half Tail (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    Meeting the Big Cats; Looking for Half Tail

    Amber's cheetah cubs learn to fend for themselves; leopards Half-Tail and Shadow remain elusive; the marsh pride reaches a milestone.

  • Big Cat Diary - Wild Neighborhood; Family Drama (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Wild Neighborhood; Family Drama

    Lions of a marsh pride battle heavy opponents; leopard battles hyenas; rare African cat; a leopard cub leaves her mother.

  • Big Cat Diary - Challenge on the Marsh; From Dawn Till Dusk (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    Challenge on the Marsh; From Dawn Till Dusk

    A lion cub challenges a larger male for a meal; Safi is found; Cheetah stalks Amber's daughter; Shadow encounters a tough opponent.

  • Big Cat Diary - Hyena Standoff; The Aftermath (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Hyena Standoff; The Aftermath

    Two male lions move into the territory ready to do battle; Shadow the leopard and her cub, Safi, have been missing for more than a week.

  • Big Cat Diary - Battle of the Titans; The Search for Solo (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Battle of the Titans; The Search for Solo

    Lion cub and its mother engage in a fierce battle; desert-heat relief; leopard and cub playing.

  • Big Cat Diary - Masai Mara: The Great Migration (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    Masai Mara: The Great Migration

    Filmmakers follow a pride of lions, a cheetah with her cub, and a leopard family in Kenya's Masai Mara.

  • Big Cat Diary - The Strongest Survive (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    The Strongest Survive

    Filmmakers follow a pride of lions, a cheetah with her cub, and a leopard family in Kenya's Masai Mara.

  • Big Cat Diary - Days of Struggle (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Days of Struggle

    Filmmakers follow a pride of lions, a cheetah with her cub, and a leopard family in Kenya's Masai Mara.

  • Big Cat Diary - Family Histories: Lion (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Family Histories: Lion

    The fortunes of the Marsh pride and the Big pride are followed for six weeks.

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